Thursday, November 8, 2012

Asymmetrical hearing loss

Typically we see hearing loss that is equal between ears.  Sometimes, it is unequal.  That is one ear has a mild loss and the other a more significant loss of hearing.  In these cases, when they compare hearing in between ears, it appears as if one is “good” and the other is not.  It is typical for someone who hears better in one ear to favor that ear.  They learn to rely on it for most hearing needs such as conversation, telephone, etc.  This gives the impression that the ear is good or “normal” when there is hearing loss.   

Nearly all patients who believe that they have "good" hearing in one ear actually have hearing loss in both ears.  The Better Hearing Institute also reported that about 90% of people who benefit from hearing aids benefit from two hearing aids.

Hearing loss affects people of all ages, not just the elderly.  About 65% of people with hearing loss are under the age of 64 years.  There are about six million people in Americans between the ages of 18 and 44 with hearing loss, and more than one million are school age.

Whether you or a loved one is experiencing difficulty hearing in one or two ears, see an audiologist.   In rare cases, asymmetrical hearing loss can be a sign of a serious condition.  Following the audiologic evaluation we would be able to make specific recommendations for medical follow up or for amplification, listening training or other services.  Get started now!  Call and schedule an appointment.

Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!

Jane Kukula, AuD
Paula Webster, MA

Advanced Audiology Concepts
8897 Mentor Ave
Mentor, Ohio 44060

1 comment:

  1. I am unable to hear without them. But understanding speech is trickier than just pumping up the volume. It requires processing by the brain.gladys or glads